jean nouvel curates 24 palazzo apartments to form 'the rooms of rome'

jean nouvel curates 24 palazzo apartments to form 'the rooms of rome'

french architect jean nouvel has designed and furnished 24 apartments as part of ‘the rooms of rome’, a new hotel concept in the heart of the italian capital. the location, which is housed within a historic palazzo, offers highly personalized stays with guests are able to select from a wide range of offerings. before check-in guests are able to choose everything from the perfume that scents their room to the beauty treatments they would like to receive upon arrival.

all images and video courtesy of the rooms of rome



jean nouvel imagined ‘the rooms of rome’ as a series of bespoke steel boxes, designed to align with the architecture of the historic site. existing in stark contrast to the surrounding building, these ‘openable areas’ contain kitchens, bathrooms, or cabinets. units range from studio spaces to the superior apartment, which features a fully equipped kitchen. nouvel has filled the interiors with a curated selection of sleek furniture that complements the high-end appliances.

the superior apartment features a fully equipped kitchen



the 24 apartments are located in ‘rhinoceros’, a new cultural hub conceived by the fondazione alda fendi – esperimenti. spread across four storeys, each apartment offers a different view of the eternal city. meanwhile, with rooftop views, the fifth and sixth floors contain a russian inspired restaurant called ‘caviar kaspia roma’. in total, the location features three panoramic terraces overlooking the historic city center.

nouvel has outfitted the rooms with a selection of curated furniture



the interiors in the hotel offer kitchen facilities, closet spaces, and bathrooms concealed by sheets of steel. the specially patented materials are fused into the ancient walls of the rooms, juxtaposed with the ragged surfaces, sandy-hued concrete and vibrantly patterned flooring. in every room there are floor-to-ceiling trompe l’oeils that act as mirrors, offering a glance into dimensions of the room that don’t exist.

floor-to-ceiling trompe l’oeils act as mirrors in each room



the project is being overseen by kike sarasola, a spanish entrepreneur who intends to develop the concept globally. ‘the rooms of the world’ will take the most exceptional experiences to many cities across europe and the world. visit ‘the rooms of rome’ website for more details.

steel volumes exist in contrast o the building’s historic architecture

carefully positioned reflective surfaces make the rooms feel more spacious

sleek furnishings complement the high-end appliances

bold splashes of red are dotted throughout the scheme

nouvel has filled the interiors with a curated selection of sleek furniture

the ancient walls of the rooms feature ragged surfaces and sandy-hued concrete

each apartment offers a different view of the eternal city


take a tour of the 24-apartment complex

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